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Nagarjun hike

Nagarjun hike

Sight Seeing Tour
Langtang himalayan views from Nagarjun top
Day Hike Nagarjun Hill
Day Hike Nagarjun Hill
Day Hike Nagarjun Hill
Ganesh himal view from Nagarjun
himal ghale on the top of nagarjun hill

Trip Facts

Duration : 1 Days Max-Altitude : 2095 Program Type : day hike Best Season : April- May, Jun, and Sep-Oct-Nov-Dec Per Day Walking : 5 Trek Grade : Grade 2:

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.


Start From

All price inclusive
100 $ 80
USD per person

Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $100
2 Paxes $80
2-4 Paxes $75
4-6 Paxes $60
6-10 Paxes $55
10-15 Paxes $50
15+Paxes $50

Number of Travellers


Day Hike Near Kathmandu City – Nagarjun Hike

Nagarjun hike is a popular hiking trail located in the Nagarjuna National Park, which is a protected area situated northwest of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. The hike is known for its scenic views of the Kathmandu Valley and its surrounding mountains, as well as its rich biodiversity, with several species of plants and animals living in the park.

The hike is relatively short, taking approximately 3-4 hours to complete, and is suitable for hikers of all levels of fitness. The trail is well-marked, and there are several rest stops along the way for hikers to take a break and enjoy the views.

In addition to the hiking trail, there are several other attractions in the Nagarjuna National Park, including the Nagarjun Palace, a historical site that was once a royal palace, and the Shivapuri National Park, which is located nearby and offers additional hiking and trekking opportunities.

There are many hiking destinations around Kathmandu Valley, but the Nagarjun hike is one of the most popular and also a few minutes drive from Thamel to Phulbari gate and hill to the top. For travelers with a very short holiday, but who want to enjoy nature, the Nagarjun hike is a great option compared with other hikes near Kathmandu. If the weather is good, hiking to Nagarjun offers a magnificent view of Kathmandu city and the Langtang Himalayan range, including the Annapurna Range,  Everest Range, and Manaslu Range. 

The Nagarjun Hill’s old name was Jamacho, the changed to Nagarjun Hill after Sadhu Nagarjuna Indian Baba stayed for 5 years here for meditating, an Indian Buddhist philosopher flourishing in the 2nd century CE, who articulated the doctrine of emptiness (shunyata) and is considered to be the founder of the Madhyamika (“Middle Way”) school of Mahayana Buddhism. There is no better place to meditate than Nagarjun Hill. It is a great spot to use your quick experience when you are in Kathmandu. The Nagarjun hike is also very popular for Nepalese hikers, student groups, families with children, and college students. Buddhist pilgrims come here on full moon days to worship. 

It takes only 15 minutes from Thamel to Phulbari Gate and 3 hours to ascend Nagarjun Hill. Above sea level, the Top rises 2128 meters. This hill is one of the closest to Kathmandu. While hiking in the jungle, we passed through dense forests filled with oak, bamboo, rhododendron, pine, and some typical plants. On the way to Nagarjun Hill, you can see several holes made by wild boars searching for food. Insects that are found inside the land are usually eaten by them. It was also beautiful to see the colorful prayer flags along the way. The ranges are connected with Shivpuri National Park. The jungle covers this charming crown-style mountain. Wild boars, deer, tigers, monkeys, and many species of birds live in the jungle. As you hike, you may encounter wild boar, deer, and monkeys.

The Nagarjun hike starts at 4.30 am. We pick you up at your hotel and then drive 15 minutes to Phulbari Gate. National park permits are required here. We now take the accent trail, which is full of stairs. There is open ground at the end of the steep trails. The walk to the open area takes approximately 30 minutes. The Jamachor top can be seen from here. The trail is now easier and less steep. The stunning view of the forest takes your tiredness away, and as you get closer, you will feel the colder weather.

Is there a restaurant or teahouse at Nagarjun Hike?

  1. Nagarjun Hike has no restaurant due to the National Park and is not allowed to settle even though there is a tea shop. Pack lunches are provided with your guide and helpers.

How far is it to drive and how long to Nagarjun hike?

  1. Thamel-your hotel to Phulbari gate is about 4-30 kilometers, a 15-minute drive. Then, start your hike to Nagarjun Hill. Approximately 3 hours are needed to ascend to the top, and 2 hours to return to the Phulbari gate, so the total hiking time is 5 hours.

What is included in the price?

A: Transportation, guide, porters for bags, Nagarjun federal entrance permits, packed lunch, drinking mineral water, and mango fruity are included in the day hike tours.

Note optional hike close to Kathmandu (Shivapuri National Park) (Nagarkot Sunrise view)

Detail Itinerary

  1. Start Early:
    • Begin your day early to make the most of the cool morning weather and have ample time for the hike.
  2. Travel to Nagarjun:
    • Head to the trailhead, which is approximately 12 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu. You can hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach the starting point.
  3. Arrival at Trailhead:
    • Arrive at the trailhead, and make sure you have all the essentials, including water, snacks, a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable hiking shoes.


  1. Start the Hike:
    • Begin your hike towards Nagarjun. The trail is well-marked, and you'll be surrounded by lush greenery.
  2. Scenic Views:
    • Enjoy the scenic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding hills as you ascend. Nagarjun offers breathtaking panoramic views.
  3. Explore Nature:
    • Take some time to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna along the trail. Nagarjun is part of the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, and you might encounter various bird species and other wildlife.


  1. Lunch Break:
    • Carry a packed lunch or snacks to enjoy at a scenic spot along the trail. There might be designated resting areas where you can relax and refuel.


  1. Reach the Summit:
    • Continue your hike towards the summit of Nagarjun. The summit offers spectacular views of the Himalayan range on clear days.
  2. Explore the Area:
    • Once at the top, take some time to explore the area, enjoy the serenity, and take photos to capture the breathtaking landscapes.

Late Afternoon:

  1. Descent:
    • Start your descent back to the trailhead. Be mindful of the time, as you wouldn't want to hike down in the dark.


  1. Return to Kathmandu:
    • Arrive back at the trailhead and arrange transportation back to Kathmandu. Reflect on your day and the beautiful views you experienced.

Cost Included

  • Transportation
  • guide
  • entrance permit
  • pack lunch

Cost Excluded

tip for guide


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